As a leader, I am committed to high impact, ambitious and collaborative practices.

” Jade often remarks that she has more questions than answers which is key to understanding her approach, ideas and ability to deeply listen and respond accordingly. Her courage means that she will ask the hard questions and make space and time for exploring the issues and opportunities that at times, feel difficult to initiate.  Her talent will ensure success, as she is highly capable, thoughtful, engaged and strategic in her approach with an incredible network.” Collette Brennan, CEO, Abbotsford Convent.

My key capabilities include strategic development, people and culture, change management, program design, infrastructure and governance.

Leadership positions include:

2019 – current: cohealth – Director, Public Affairs

cohealth is a not-for-profit community health organisation that provides vital services including medical, allied health, mental health, aged care and counselling along with specialist health services across Melbourne’s CBD, northern and western suburbs.

As the Director, Public Affairs, my role oversees communications, marketing, policy, advocacy, research, prevention, government relations and strategic relationships.


2012 – 2017: Footscray Community Arts Centre – Director and CEO

FCAC is Australia’s leading and longest running community engaged, contemporary arts centre.  Based in Melbourne’s West, FCAC delivers over 1800 activities a year to an audience and participant base of 100 000.

Key highlights throughout my tenure include: new vision and mission, 25% increase in activities, audiences and revenue, international market development activities and collaborations in Indonesia, Thailand, East Timor and UK.


2009 – 2011:  Brisbane City Council – Team Leader, Arts and Cultural Development

As part of the Creative Communities Team, this unit was tasked with delivering community engagement, arts and cultural development activities to the city of Brisbane.

This local government area is over 1300 km² and is the largest local government in the Southern Hemisphere.

Key highlights in this role included:  re-designing the creative and cultural program for delivery across Brisbane, strategic partnership with Arts Queensland for new grants program and over $1M investment in local artists.


2006 – 2009:  SpeakOut – Executive Manager, Youth and Community Programs

With a statewide remit to deliver programs to/for/with children, young people and communities across Queensland, this role was responsible for the delivery of  key programs such as Stylin’ UP Regional, Creative Pathways in Central West and cultural enterprise, SpeakOut Connect.

Key highlights in this position included: development and establishment of fee-for-service (profit-for-purpose) enterprise, SpeakOut Connect, three year co-designed plan with communities for building creative and cultural capacity across a geographic region (central western QLD) and multiple fee-for-service projects resulting in award winning outcomes for example, Red Alert for Emergency Management Australia – a disaster preparedness resource for young people.

Now known as Human Ventures.